Study Shows First Jobs of the 100 Richest People in the World

Who wants to be a billionaire?

If you do, you might want to heed this study  that looked at the beginnings of the richest 100 people in the world to see if there was a connection between their education and first job and making billions.

More than half (53) of the top 100 people on Forbes magazine’s World’s Billionaires list started out by working for another company and of those, the first job that led to the making of the most billionaires was: salesperson. That was closely followed by stock trader, software developer, engineer, analyst and accountant.

The first career path for 17 of the top 100 were as entrepreneurs who started their own businesses, like Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg.

And, of course, legacies help. Thirty of them inherited or worked for the family business.

These are the top 10 richest people from Forbes’ billionaires list and their first jobs as determined in the study by United Kingdom-based Aaron Wallis Sales Recruitment. (The agency used information from Forbes, company websites and Wikipedia.)

Billionaire (Company): First job

1. Bill Gates (Microsoft founder): Computer software (entrepreneur)

2. Warren Buffett (Berkshire Hathaway CEO): Investment salesman

3. Jeff Bezos (Amazon CEO): Software developer

4. Amancio Ortega (Inditex founder): Shop hand for a shirtmaker (retail assistant)

5. Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook CEO): Social media creator (entrepreneur)

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Source: USA Today